Blumenthal tapped for health IT czar post

By staff writers

March 20, 2009 -- President Obama has chosen Dr. David Blumenthal to become the head of the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Blumenthal will lead the $20 billion implementation of a nationwide interoperable, privacy-protected healthcare IT infrastructure as called for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Blumenthal most recently served as a physician and director of the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare System in Boston.

He also served as a professor of medicine and professor of healthcare policy at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, MA.

His career includes service as senior vice president at Brigham and Women's Hospital and executive director of the Center for Health Policy and Management, both in Boston.

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